FOSTER CITY, CALIF. -- FaceTime Communications, the leading provider of solutions for securing and managing IM, P2P and Web-based greynets in the enterprise, reported today that security incidents targeting public IM and P2P channels have increased by 5 percent in Q2 2007 compared with Q1 2007. In contrast, last year saw a 35 percent decline over the same period, from Q1 to Q2 2006.
A total of 317 incidents were reported during Q2 2007, bringing the total since Jan. 1, 2007, to 618 incidents. Ongoing research reaffirms a cyclical nature to malware threats with peaks in each year, typically in the spring and fall, followed by lulls in the summer and winter. In 2007, security incidents declined somewhat during the first quarter from a high in January. In the second quarter, security threats climbed again, but appear to have peaked in June. If previous patterns hold, FaceTime expects a decline in the summer, followed by an upswing in the early fall.
From Q1 to Q2 2007, attacks spread via the mainstream networks (Yahoo, MSN and AOL) dropped from 74 total incidents in the first period to 64 in the second quarter. Attacks spread via AOL dropped by more than half (from 28 incidents to 13). Overall, the MSN network accounted for 50 percent of the attacks on the major networks, followed by Yahoo at 30 percent and AOL with 20 percent.